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Popular Film Actors from Russia

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List of famous film actors and actresses from Russia, listed by their popularity with photos when available. Russia has given birth to some great movie actors and actresses over the years, many of who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Russian screen actors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Russia and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

This list has a variety of film actors, like Fyodor Odinokov and Olga Gobzeva, in it.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Russian actors?" and "Which movies stars are from Russia?"

You can click on the names of these legendary movie stars of Russia in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Russian film actors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
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Natalie Wood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia
Dec. at 43 (1938-1981), Credits: West Side Story, The Searchers & Rebel Without a Cause

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Height: 4'11"

Parents: Nicholas Zakharenko, Maria Zakharenko

Children: Natasha Gregson Wagner, Courtney Brooke Wagner

Natalie Wood (born Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko; July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981) was an American actress who began her career in film as a child and became a Hollywood star as a young adult. ...more

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Svetlana Khodchenkova is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia
Svetlana Khodchenkova Age 36, Credits: The Wolverine, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy & Kilometer Zero

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Svetlana Khodchenkova is an actress.

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Gérard Depardieu ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia
Age 70, Credits: Life of Pi, The Man in the Iron Mask & Last Holiday

Birthplace: France, Châteauroux

Nationality: France, Russia

Height: 1.8

Parents: Anne Jeanne Josèphe Marillier, René Maxime Lionel Depardieu

Children: Julie Depardieu, Jean Depardieu, Guillaume Depardieu, Roxanne Depardieu

Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu (French: [ʒeʁaʁ ɡzavje maʁsɛl dəpaʁdjø] (listen); born 27 December 1948) is a French actor. He is one of the most prolific character actors in film ...more
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George Sanders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia
Dec. at 66 (1906-1972), Credits: The Jungle Book, All About Eve & Rebecca

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Nationality: England, Russian Empire

Height: 6'2"

Parents: Henry Sanders, Margaret Sanders

George Henry Sanders (3 July 1906 – 25 April 1972) was a British film and television actor, singer-songwriter, music composer, and author. His career as an actor spanned over forty years. His ...more

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Oleg Anofriyev is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia
Age 88, Credits: Scarlet Sails, Tale of Time Lost & Back in the USSR

Birthplace: Gelendzhik, Russia

Nationality: Russia, Soviet Union

Children: Maria Solodenina

Oleg Anofriev is an actor.
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Anastasia Zavorotnyuk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia
Age 44, Credits: The Apocalypse Code, Likhaya parochka & Mamy

Birthplace: Astrakhan, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Height: 5'3"

Parents: Valentina Borisovna Zavorotnyuk, Yuri Andreevich Zavorotnyuk

Anastasia Zavorotnyuk is an actress.
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Ekaterina Vasilyeva is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia
Age 57, Credits: Lev Tolstoy, Bumbarash & All That Really Matters

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Parents: Yevgeni Vasilyev, Zhanna Prokhorenko

Ekaterina Vasileva is an actress.
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Mikhail Yefremov is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia
Age 55, Credits: The Irony of Fate 2, 12 & Black Lightning

Birthplace: Russia, Moscow

Nationality: Russia

Parents: Alla Pokrovskaya, Oleg Yefremov

Children: Vera Efremova, Nadezhda Efremova, Nikita Efremov, Anna-Maria Efremova, Nikolai Yefremov, + more

Mikhail Olegovich Yefremov is a Russian film and stage actor, Meritorious Artist of Russian Federation. Mikhail is the son of People's Artist of the USSR Oleg Yefremov and Sovremennik Theatre ...more
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Suzanne Pleshette is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia
Dec. at 71 (1937-2008), Credits: The Birds, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride & Support Your Local Gunfighter

Birthplace: Brooklyn Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Height: 5'4"

Parents: Eugene Pleshette, Geraldine Pleshette

Suzanne Pleshette (January 31, 1937 – January 19, 2008) was an American actress and voice actress. Pleshette started her career in the theatre and began appearing in films in the late 1950s and ...more

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Nikita Mikhalkov is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia
Age 73, Credits: Burnt by the Sun, The Barber of Siberia & At Home Among Strangers

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Parents: Natalia Konchalovskaya, Sergey Mikhalkov

Children: Artyom Mikhalkov, Anna Mikhalkova, Stepan Mikhalkov, Nadezhda Mikhalkova

Nikita Sergeyevich Mikhalkov (Russian: Ники́та Серге́евич Михалко́в; born 21 October 1945) is a Russian filmmaker, actor, and head of the Russian Cinematographers' Union. Mikhalkov is a ...more
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Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia

Birthplace: Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine

Nationality: Russian Empire, Soviet Union

Parents: Maria Grigoryevna Zhitkova, Sergei Alekseevich Prokofiev

Children: Oleg Prokofiev, Sviatoslav Prokofiev

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (; Russian: Серге́й Серге́евич Проко́фьев, tr. Sergej Sergejevič Prokofjev; 27 April [O.S. 15 April] 1891 – 5 March 1953) was a Russian Soviet composer, pianist and ...more

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Leon Trotsky is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia
Dec. at 61 (1879-1940), Credits: The Russian Revolution, The Assassination of Trotsky & Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna

Birthplace: Ukraine, Kirovohrad

Nationality: Russia, Soviet Union, Russian Empire

Lev Davidovich Bronstein (7 November [O.S. 26 October] 1879 – 21 August 1940), better known as Leon Trotsky (), was a Russian revolutionary, Marxist theorist, and Soviet politician whose ...more

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Grand Duchess Tatiana Ni... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia
Dec. at 21 (1897-1918), Credits: National Geographic Presents: Mystery of the Romanovs, The Revenge of the Romanovs & The Russian Revolution

Birthplace: Petergof

Nationality: Russia

Parents: Nicholas II of Russia, Alexandra Feodorovna

Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia (Tatiana Nikolaevna Romanova; Russian: Великая Княжна Татьяна Николаевна; 10 June 1897 – 17 July 1918) was the second daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, the ...more
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Nicholas II of Russia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia
Dec. at 50 (1868-1918), Credits: The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty

Birthplace: Tsarskoye Selo, Pushkin, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Nationality: Russian Empire

Height: 5'6"

Parents: Maria Feodorovna, Alexander III of Russia

Children: Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia, Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, + more

Nicholas II or Nikolai II (Russian: Никола́й II Алекса́ндрович, tr. Nikolai II Aleksandrovich; 18 May [O.S. 6 May] 1868 – 17 July 1918), known as Saint Nicholas the Passion-Bearer in the Russian ...more

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Mikhail Boyarskiy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia
Age 69, Credits: Taras Bulba, A Man from the Boulevard des Capucines & The Return of the Musketeers

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Nationality: Russia, Soviet Union

Parents: Ekaterina Milenteva, Sergei Boyarsky

Children: Elizaveta Boyarskaya, Sergei Boyarsky

Mikhail Sergeevich Boyarsky (Russian: Михаи́л Серге́евич Боя́рский; born 26 December 1949 in Leningrad) is a Soviet and Russian actor and singer. He is best known for playing swashbucklers in ...more
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Anton Yelchin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia
Age 29, Credits: Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness & The Smurfs

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Nationality: United States of America, Russia

Height: 1.75

Parents: Viktor Yelchin, Irina Korina

Anton Viktorovich Yelchin (Russian: Анто́н Ви́кторович Е́льчин, IPA: [ɐnˈton ˈjelʲtɕɪn]}; March 11, 1989 – June 19, 2016) was an American actor. He played Pavel Chekov in three Star Trek films: ...more

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Valeri Nikolayev is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia
Age 53, Credits: The Terminal, The Saint & U Turn

Birthplace: Russia, Moscow

Nationality: Russia

Children: Dasha Nikolayev

Valery Valeryevich Nikolaev is a Russian actor. He performed in more than thirty films since 1977.
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Anatoly Kubatsky is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia
Anatoly Kubatsky Age Died at 93 (1908-2001), Credits: Jack Frost, Vechera na khutore bliz Dikanki & Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Nationality: Russia, Russian Empire, Soviet Union

Anatoli Kubatsky was an actor.
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Alexander Borisovich Bel... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia
Dec. at 80 (1932-2012), Credits: The Sum of All Fears, The Irony of Fate 2 & The Irony of Fate

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Nationality: Russia, Soviet Union

Parents: Lubov Belyavskaya, Boris Belyavskiy

Children: Sasha Belyavskaya, Andrey Belyavsky, Boris Belyavsky, Nadezhda Belyavskaya

Alexander Borisovich Belyavsky was a Soviet/Russian actor who appeared in more than one hundred films. Belyavsky was also the first presenter of the hugely popular TV Show The 13 Chairs Tavern. ...more
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Andrei Smirnov is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia
Age 74, Credits: Elena, Idiot: Vol. 1 & The Delegation

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Nationality: Russia, Soviet Union

Parents: Sergey Sergeyevich Smirnov

Andrei Smirnov is a Russian actor and film director who is known for directing the films Angel, Belarus Station and Autumn. He was a member of the jury at the 38th Berlin International Film ...more
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Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia

Birthplace: Semyonov, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russia

Nationality: United States of America, Russia

Height: 6'5"

Parents: Lyubov Petrovna Butakova, Vasily Arkadyevich

Children: Tatiana Rachmaninova, Irina Rachmaninova

Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff (Серге́й Васи́льевич Рахма́нинов) (1 April [O.S. 20 March] 1873 – 28 March 1943) was a Russian composer, virtuoso pianist and conductor of the late Romantic ...more

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Grand Duchess Olga Nikol... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia

Birthplace: Tsarskoye Selo, Pushkin, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Parents: Nicholas II of Russia, Alexandra Fyodorovna of Hesse

Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia (Olga Nikolaevna Romanova) (Russian: Великая Княжна Ольга Николаевна, IPA: [vʲɪˈlʲikəjə knʲɪˈʐna ˈolʲɡə nʲɪkɐˈlaɪvnə] (listen) (Velikaya Knyazhna Ol'ga ...more
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Yuri Stepanov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia
Yuri Stepanov Age Died at 43 (1967-2010), Credits: Cargo 200, Artistka & Dead Man's Bluff

Birthplace: Cheremkhovsky District

Nationality: Russia, Soviet Union

Children: Yuriy Stepanov, Konstantin Stepanov, Dmitry Stepanov

Yuri Stepanov or Yuriy Stepanov may refer to: Yuri Stepanov (actor) (1967–2010), Russian actor Yuri Stepanov (athlete) (1932–1963), Russian high jumper
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Dave Apollon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia
Dave Apollon Dec. at 74 (1898-1972), Credits: Merry Go Round of 1938

Birthplace: Kiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic

Nationality: Russia

Dave Apollon was a Russian mandolin player. Today Dave Apollon is regarded as one of the most innovative and influential mandolinists of the Twentieth Century, whose more notable ...more
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Mikhail Shufutinsky is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Russia
Mikhail Shufutinsky Age 70, Credits: Moscow on the Hudson

Birthplace: Russia, Moscow

Nationality: United States of America, Russia

Mikhail Zakharovich Shufutinsky is a Russian pop singer, now a citizen of the United States. He is the pre-eminent current singer of Russian chanson music. Majoring in the accordion, Shufutinsky ...more